How to Prepare Cooked Shrimp for Nigiri Sushi

  • 01 of 05

    Devein Raw Shrimp

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    Deveining Raw Shrimp. Melanie Acevedo/Photodisc/Getty Images
    1. If you are using whole raw shrimp, first rinse it, then remove the head. While fresh raw shrimp is best for making shrimp nigiri sushi, frozen raw shrimp with tail on and head removed, may also be used.  
    2. To devein the shrimp, make a shallow incision (about 2 inches) along the back of the shrimp. (Shell is assumed to still be on the raw shrimp.)
    3. Using a sharp bamboo skewer, use the pointed end to gently lift the vein out of the shrimp and remove.
    4. NOTE: If the raw shrimp came with the shell intact,...MORE it is best to keep the shell on while the shrimp is cooked, as this adds significant flavor to the shrimp, versus shrimp that is first peeled and then cooked.


    Article Edited by Judy Ung

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  • 02 of 05

    Skewer Shrimp

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    1. In order to cook the shrimp so that it is straight and not curled, it is important to skewer the raw shrimp using a bamboo skewer.
    2. Thread the shrimp on a bamboo skewer starting from the head and all the way to the tail. As much as possible, insert the bamboo skewer in the center of the flesh at the base of the "neck". As you move the skewer up the shrimp towards the tail, it might be necessary to move around the flesh of the shrimp so that the skewer remains in the center of the shrimp as...MORE much as possible. 
    3. Repeat until all shrimp are skewered.
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  • 03 of 05

    Boil the Shrimp

    Boiled Shrimp. Renee Comet Photography/StockFood Creative/Getty Images
    1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add salt to water to help season the shrimp.
    2. Boil the shrimp for 1 to 3 minutes until the shrimp turns an orange-pink color.
    3. Remove from heat and drain the skewered shrimp.
    4. Allow the shrimp to cool then gently remove the bamboo skewer.
    5. Peel and remove the shell.
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  • 04 of 05

    Butterfly the Shrimp

    Preparing Shrimp for Sushi
    Preparing Boiled Shrimp for Sushi. Photo (c) Setsuko Yoshizuka
    1. Cooked shrimp often has a vein on the belly side of the shrimp. Remove this vein using the pointed end of the bamboo skewer.
    2. Butterfly the cooked shrimp by cutting the cooked shrimp along the belly from the head all the way to the tail.
    3. Spread the shrimp along the belly and flatten to create one flat piece of shrimp.
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  • 05 of 05

    Shrimp for Sushi

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    Shrimp Nigiri Sushi. Kondo Photography/Cultura/Getty Images
    1. After the cooked shrimp has been butterflied, remove excess water and moisture from the shrimp.
    2. Spread out paper towels and lay cooked shrimp on the towels. Allow the cooked shrimp to rest for about 2 minutes until the shrimp feel drained of moisture, but not completely dried out.
    3. The shrimp are now ready to be used to make nigiri sushi.


    Article Edited by Judy Ung